First winners for King for a Day, Disco Partner, Market Rally

Wednesday, May 29th, 2024

Soontobeking, King for a Day’s first starter, wins last week at Belmont at the Big A. NYRA Photo.

New York-based sires King for a Day and Disco Partner and former New York stallion Market Rally were represented by their first winners – all in open company and picking up sizable awards for their connections – in late May.

Freshman sire King for a Day, an 8-year-old son of Uncle Mo who stands for $5,000 at Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC in Stillwater, picked up his first winner when his first starter, Soontobeking, won a $90,000 open-company maiden special weight May 24 at Belmont at the Big A.

Bred and owned by Our Blue Streaks Stable and SGV Thoroughbreds and foaled at Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater, the 2-year-old out of the winning Freud mare Swayed won his second start by a head over Classic Time. Trained by Mitch Friedman, Soontobeking finished third in his debut against fellow New York-breds May 10.

“We are all really excited that King got his first winner so early in the season,” said Irish Hill Century’s Rick Burke. “The breeders and owners of Soontobeking have always been very high on him. His breeze at OBS was very nice.”

Soontobeking picked up $49,500 for his victory May 24 – boosting his bankroll to $58,500 from his two starts. He also picked up significant awards for his connections with the victory – breeder’s award: $19,800; stallion owner’s award: $4,950; and owner’s award: $9,900.

A stakes winner bred and raced by Stephen P. Brunetti’s Red Oak Stable, King for a Day entered stud in 2021 at Irish Hill & Dutchess Views. He won three of seven starts, including the Sir Barton Stakes on Preakness Day at Pimlico Race Course and the Pegasus Stakes at the expense of Maximum Security at Monmouth Park, during his sophomore season. King for a Day earned $260,550.

“Many breeders loved their first-crop foals,” Burke said. “In King for a Day’s second season, we saw so many book back to him with just one look at their newborn foals. That speaks volumes. King for a Day is thriving in his career at stud. He’s had very solid books and we expect great things from the first crop. We should see a number of them with top connections. Red Oak Stable is very involved with his career and they will continue to support him every step of the way.”

Miami Twofer wins at Finger Lakes to give her sire Disco Partner his first winner. SV Photography.

World-record setter and multiple graded stakes winner Disco Partner sired his first winner May 22 when the filly Miami Twofer won at Finger Lakes.

Disco Partner, a 12-year-old New York-bred son of Disco Rico out of the Numerous mare Lulu’s Number, stands privately at Rockridge Stud in Hudson. He is the sire of 23 foals.

“Disco Partner is a world-record-holding turf sprinter whose foals were very well-received at auction,” said Rockridge’s Erin Robinson. “We are confident he will have more very competitive horses soon – especially considering the resurgence in turf racing.”

Bred by Moongate Racing LLC, foaled at Nota Bear Farms in Ontario and out of the Archarcharch mare Skippin’ Church, Miamo Twofer improved to 1-1-2 in her seven starts with Wednesday’s victory for owner Timothy Burr, trainer Karl Grusmark and jockey Jackie Davis. She also picked up a breeder’s award of $3,240 and stallion owner’s award of $810 for her connections.

Disco Partner, who raced for his owner and breeder Patricia Generazio, won 11 of 33 starts with six seconds and eight thirds during his six seasons on the racetrack and earned $1,487,560.

Trained by Christophe Clement, Disco Partner won his debut in late October as a 2-year-old and went on to win stakes at ages 4, 5 and 6. His biggest stakes score came in the Grade 3 Jaipur Invitational on the 2017 Belmont Stakes Day undercard, winning the 6-furlong stakes in a world and course record 1:05.67.

Disco Partner also won the 2018 Jaipur, upgraded for that running to a Grade 2 stakes, along with the 2017 and 2018 Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational along with back-to-back thirds in the 2017 and 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

Kantbecc put former New York sire Market Rally in the win column in Tuesday’s first race at Finger Lakes. SV Photography.

Grade 3 winner and former New York-based sire Market Rally, who entered stud in 2018 and also stood at Irish Hill & Dutchess Views, sired a pair of winners on Tuesday’s card at Finger Lakes.

Our First Ward Stable’s Kantbecc got things started in the opener, running off to a front-running 6 1/2-length score under Nazario Alvarado in the 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight worth $31,280. Bred by Robert Simonick, foaled at Carlland Stables in Avon and trained by Linda Dixon, the 3-year-old filly out of the Kantharos mare Princessmaizekant won in her third start and 15 days after a runner-up finish in a similar open-company maiden.

Kantbecc also picked up significant awards for her connections – breeder’s award: $7,824; stallion owner’s award: $1,956; and owner’s award: $3,912.

Miss Wobbles made it two wins for Market Rally – and her breeder, owner, trainer and jockey – in Wednesday’s fourth at Finger Lakes. SV Photography.

The same breeder-owner-trainer-jockey team came back in the fourth race and won with the Market Rally filly Miss Wobbles, also in her third start and also after a runner-up in a maiden race 15 days prior. The 3-year-old filly out of the Big Brown mare Maizelovesbrownies won her 5 1/2-furlong maiden worth $32,266 by a half-length.

The win by Miss Wobbles, also foaled at Carlland Stables, was also worth a breeder’s award of $7,824, stallion owner’s award of $1,956 and owner’s award of $3,912.

A $210,000 Keeneland September yearling, Market Rally won three of four starts and earned $324,270. A debut winner at 2 in August 2015 at Monmouth Park, Market Rally continued his career at 3 in Dubai and won the Grade 3 UAE Two Thousand Guineas Sponsored by Gulf News and the Al Bastakiya Sponsored by Emirates Skywards for owner Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid al Maktoum and trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam.

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